Month: January 2016

Brainstorm Brewery #181 – What Do You Call eBay in Canada?

The eldrazi are great, but their names could be a lot more distinct. World Crusher? Reality Bruiser? I sometimes think the price of Thought-Knot Seer is so high because it’s the only Eldrazi people are able to identify and buy on purpose without trying to buy something else. The gang keeps getting tripped up on…

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Is Stoneforge Mystic Really That Good?

Let’s face it. Commander can be expensive. Though commander is a casual format, it is becoming harder and harder to build a good commander deck without draining your wallet. As much as we want to, we don’t have unlimited amounts of money. There are often cards that would make your deck really powerful, but are on the other…

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Unified Theory of Commander: Synergy

Repeat after me: “Synergy is not the same thing as having a game plan.” No. No. Don’t just read it. Say it out loud with me. For real. Let’s say it again: “Synergy is not the same thing as having a game plan.” Good! Now that we’ve got that in your head, we can really…

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I Find Your Lackey of Faith Disturbing

So I was kind of hoping that there would be some updates to the Legacy Banlist I could look at the new format, brew some new decks, and hope that [card]Show and Tell[/card] would finally get banned. But no, all is well. So what is there to talk about? Well my last article looked at some of…

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Brainstorm Brewery #180 – You’re Not Even A Judge

There were lots of happenings the last few weeks and since we didn’t get to talk about anything last week due to the set review, we decided to jimmy jam everything into one action-packed episode and get caught up. There were prerelease weekend shenanigans, GP Oakland was a thing, multiple bannings happened and Reddit showed…

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Money Draught #52 – Jon Finkel

All-time great Jon Finkel joins us in a very special episode where discussion includes: the state of Magic and its viability as an E-sport, Jon’s thoughts on Cube and Storm, “mtg finance”, hedge fund styles, our recurring debate on the pace of technological change, and Scotch. ** This cast is for mature listeners, and contains…

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Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch

Welcome back for Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch. After an insane thirty decks last time, we have a much more reasonable ten decks for Standard. These decks only have “Sideboard Suggestions” other than the Atarka Red list, which is where I plan to start when the set is released. This had been the scariest…

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Why the Banning of Splinter Twin is Good for You, New Modern Player

If you haven’t already heard that [card]Splinter Twin[/card] was banned from Modern play this weekend after being spoiled (yes, another inadvertent spoiler!) by an overzealous Magic Online playtester, then, my friend, you are just the player for which I am writing this article. Typically, I write about casual stuff like Commander and how I like…

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Brainstorm Brewery #179 – Oath of the Gatewatch Set Review

Oath of the Gatewatch Set Review Support our Patreon! DO IT. You know this cast makes you more than $1 a week We’re serious about the Patreon. Expect new perks. Need to contact us? Hit up BrainstormBrew@gmail.com   Contact Us! Brainstorm Brewery – Website – E-mail – Twitter – Facebook – RSS – iTunes –…

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Best Laid Plans #10 – Never Ending Triangle of CEOs

We made it to 10 episodes. Pigs have frozen over and hell is flying. Sorry about that. The gang recaps what 2015 meant to us all. Em gets dizzy remembering how much has actually happened. Tommy and Shane battle over our Naughty & Nice list. WotC drops the mic about spoilers and we are awash…

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No Time to Waste – Brewing for Oath of the Gatewatch Standard

The spoilers are out.  All of them. The complete card list for Oath of the Gatewatch was finally released just a few days ago. A lot of cards caught my eye. A devoid, conditional [card]Rampant Growth[/card] variant looks to push the ramp decks’ abilities to get their game plan rolling faster than ever, despite putting heavy…

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Money Draught 51 — That’s a Moiré

Topics include: “Reverse power creep”, Bx Eldrazi’s breakout in Modern, Vintage Cube, JR’s Mizzix’s Mastery Dragonstorm brew, Romanesco broccoli, Jenkem, sources of iridescence, Moiré patterns, Shepard tones, and thoughts on The Force Awakens (MODERATE SPOILERS).   ** This cast is for mature listeners, and contains spoilers **   Your Hosts: Jason Alt — @JasonEAlt Slick…

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Brainstorm Brewery #178- Don’t Use the B-Word

Stop saying “Buyout” because you’re almost certainly using it incorrectly. There were some price corrections, some runs and some hype this week and the gang gets to the bottom of what happened. With Oath of the Gatewatch nearly spoiled and EDH cards heating up in Financial markets, there is a to to discuss. You won’t…

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Gruul Blitz – The Most Underrated Deck in Modern

First off, a belated happy holidays and a happy New Year to everyone!  As I mentioned in my previous article about the Modern ban list, I have spent the limited amount of time I’ve had to enjoy Magic: The Gathering testing different brews in Modern.  Lately I’ve been going off the deep end trying to make…

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The Eldrazi Mythos: The Past and Possibilities of Magic’s Eldritch Monsters

There are two things that are constant about me. The first being that I love Magic and the second being that I love a good Lovecraft story. I’ve read most of the classics and some of the more obscure ones. But that’s enough about me. I’m here today to talk to you about how Wizards…

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Mono Brew #1 – A Brewer’s Manifesto

No matter the stakes, no matter the format, the only thing you’ll find in this player’s hands is a brew. It might be the pet deck they’ve been tweaking and tuning for months, or it might be something new and spicy every week. Either way, playing a popular or “tier 1” deck is completely off the table for…

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Brainstorm Brewery #177- 2005 Behind, 2016 Ahead

The episode begins like all good episodes with a slip of the tongue that derails the cast for ten minutes. When you hear that, you know it’s going to be a good one and this is no exception. Oath spoilers, talk about past technology and resolutions for the new year are all on the docket….

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